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Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center New York and Gombolyag Foundation as the organizer of BuSho International Short Film Festival are issuing their call for entries to a short film competition held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the transformative events of 1989. Participants are asked to submit one- or five-minute video essays using any technology and treating a freely chosen subject matter that enter into a dialogue with the dream, the reality, the consequences and/or the memory of 1989. Entries may be archival or made especially for participation in the competition. An international jury will select the three best entries from the essays, which will be screened in New York and in other Hungarian Cultural Institutes in the world.

Terms of the Competition

Detailed rules are posted on the webpage of Busho Short Film Festival, where you can enter the competition by filling out the online submission form and uploading your work.

For sumission forms click on the following link:

Categories: 1 minute essays (+/-3sec) and 5 minute essays (max 5 min)

Prizes: USD 3000, Gift packages

All entries must be received containing English language subtitles.


Entry fee: Entry is free

Organizing partners:

Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center

Gombolyag Foundation (BuSho Short Film Festival)

For more information please contact: Zita Vadász ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Tamás Gábeli ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Peer-to-Peer 1989 --- P2P//:1989

1989 operates as a strong symbol beyond being an event of world historical significance. It evokes our ability to assume control over our lives, as was done by the societies of East Central Europe, as they inspired and followed each other in asserting their commitment to democracy and freedom. They succeeded and ushered in a new era in Europe and the world. Hungarian society was among the leaders of this great transformation: the ever accelerating pace of events from 1988 on, the demonstrations that grew in their frequency and size showed once more the spirit that had in 1956 earned the admiration of people the world over.
1989 lives on with us. It outlined the contours of the political future to come, it represented the sincere and deeply felt longing after a united Europe, while also bequeathing onto the present a score of iconic images and memories. The past quarter century has placed the events into historical perspective, but personal and treasured memories of 1989 abound as well.
In planning the current call for entries we investigated what we felt were parallels between the participants of the 1989 events and young artists today. The name P2P://1989 refers to peer to peer technology, which is the direct channeling of data between computer terminals, but its literal meaning is much broader and richer than that. We opted for this slogan to emphasize that revolutions, and especially the events of 1989, grew and still grow out of the communication between free individuals, each other's peers, who become politically self-conscious in the process and inspire each other to take action. The submissions, we hope, will awaken this spirit in a "democratic competition" where all participants are invited to enter into dialogue with each other and the audience about their takes on 1989, using any genre and observing only the limitations of length.
In the spirit of the above, the sponsors, Balassi Institute and Gombolyag Foundation invite for submission all reflections using any material and technology in the format of 1 and 5 minute video essays that enter into a dialogue with the dream, the reality, the consequences and/or the memory of 1989. Artists, students and citizens of all walks of life and and any country are welcome to present their reflections on what constitutes an aspect of the end of Soviet-style state socialism that they relate to and seek to share with peers so as to incite to further reflection and the conscious cultivation of our public and political identities.


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